Ex-Autodelta Alfa Romeo S.E.P.
1965 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SPRINT GTA
Chassis No. AR*613096
Engine No. AR00532/A*19783
Alfa Red with black interior
Engine: four cylinder twin overhead camshaft, 1,570cc, 130bhp at 7400rpm; Gearbox: four-speed manual; Suspension: independent front by coil springs and wishbones, lightweight live rear axle with coil springs, trailing arms and Autodelta sliding box system; Brakes: four wheel servo-assisted disc. Left hand drive.
The official build register records that this GTA was completed on December 16th, 1965 and delivered to Autodelta. It was the 54th car of the model to be produced and the 14th given over to the competitive wing of the company. Although Autodelta did not keep specific racing notes on the GTA, research suggests that AR*613096 was used in the following events:
1966 4 hours of Monza (Spartaco Dini)
1967 4 hours of Monza (Roberto Bussinello)
1967 Oulton Park (Andrea de Adamich)
1968 4 hours of Jarama (Teodoro Zeccoli)
Its Works racing career ended in 1970, and it then passed to Alfa Romeo S.E.P. which used it for various tests. In 1988, the car was sold by Alfa Romeo to a new owner in Italy.
Although the car appeared to be in very original condition, some of the aluminum bodywork, roof, front panels and wings had been replaced with fiberglass, with the result that the doors were so weakened that they could not be used. The considerable modifications necessary to conform to 1970 F.I.A. Group 4 regulations, together with the replacement of the originals with 13in. x 9in. wheels, had given the car an aesthetic appearance more like a GTA 1300 Junior, and furthermore the dashboard had been removed and non-original instruments were fitted. The owner, with the intent of retaining the Group 4 features, began restoration. He removed the roll bar, repainted the car and fitted a Hellebore steering wheel and an original dash.
He then decided that the car was worthy of more thorough work and commissioned a major professional restoration to return the car to 1965/7 Autodelta specification, which above all would also enable the car to be used on the road. This work included a complete rebuild of the bodywork, detachment and restoration of the lightweight speralum 25 panels, anti-corrosion treatment, and an exceptional repaint to the correct Alfa Red 501 livery. While the bodywork was attended to, the engine was also rebuilt with a balanced crankshaft, flywheel and clutch. New cams and a special head gasket, to bring the compression ratio down to a level suitable for road use, was fitted, and the back axle was also replaced as it had a short differential more akin to hill-climbing than road use.
During restoration, the front wheel brakes, which in 1968 had been uprated from Dunlop to the more reliable and effective ATE, using GTA 1300 Junior front steering connectors, were kept, as were the original Dunlop rear brakes. In accordance with the restored bodywork, and therefore smaller wheel arches, four correct 7 x 14in. Campagnolo wheels were fitted. In order not to preclude road use a roll-bar has not been fitted, but the interior has been refurbished in vinyl to the correct pattern, and retains the Autodelta driving seat made of light steel frame and aluminum body.
The car is not currently road registered, but is offered with a letter from the Alfa Romeo Register confirming its date of manufacture, which should assist this process. In addition a detailed file accompanying the car includes photographs of the restoration, photographs of the 1967 GTA team in action, Alfa Romeo build sheet and F.I.A. specification details for the GTA, together with a copy of an original GTA parts list.
The completed car will require running in prior to active use. It should make an excellent entry for all number of events from Saloon car racing, and track days, to road rallies such as the Tour de France.